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Hills of Home (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Drama | December 1948 (USA)
William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the ... See full summary »

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William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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M-G-M's thrilling adventure of young love in the hills! See more »


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Danger in the Hills  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Chicago Saturday 3 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Norfolk VA 12 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Memphis 17 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Seattle 22 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 10 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 12 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 26 September 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Honolulu 6 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Altoona PA 13 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Salt Lake City 5 December 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 30 December 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in New York City 3 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Adams MA 6 March 1958 on WCDC (Channel 19), and in San Francisco 11 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); Lassie finally came down from the Hills in Los Angeles 10 May 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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Just do it, Lassie!!
13 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

While I have seen more classic Hollywood movies than most anyone alive, I have only come to watch any of the Lassie films recently. I had assumed they'd be schmaltzy messes...and, apparently, I was wrong. After thoroughly enjoying the first film, "Lassie Come Home", I decided to try another Lassie film, "Hills of Home"...the fourth Lassie film. With seven in all, I still have five more MGM Lassie pictures to go.

This story has nothing to do with the previous Lassie stories. Oddly, this one finds Lassie as a damaged doggy, as his new master abuses the dog because it is a lousy sheepdog and won't go in the water if needed. Soon the kindly local doctor (Edmund Gwen) buys the dog and the rest of the film is mostly about his life in rural 19th century Scotland tending to the sick and dying...with Lassie as his constant companion and helper.

Like the first Lassie film, this one has a lot of polish and was made in Technicolor. It also features fine supporting actors in many of the leading roles--giving these wonderful actors a chance to shine. In fact, several were from the first Lassie film as well-- Gwen, Donald Crisp and Rhys Williams. Additional actors rounding out the main cast were Janet Leigh and Tom Drake. All in all, a fine and entertaining film...and one that might be best seen with some Kleenex nearby just in case! If I have any complaints about the picture it's that just about everyone seems inexplicably angry all the time...which is kinda weird!


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